Council hosts Cultural Treasures Multicultural Festival

Shellharbour Town Council will once again host the popular Cultural Treasures Festival this month.

The multicultural festival will be held at Shellharbour Civic Center during National Harmony Week from Monday March 14th to Saturday March 19th.

The festival offers free and affordable workshops, cooking classes, activities and shows for families.

The event kicks off with a performance of indigenous welcome home dance and traditional cultural dance from the local indigenous experience and education group, Gumaraa.

Activities throughout the week include an Aboriginal story time for children and crafts with Kirli Saunders, a Vietnamese bamboo xylophone workshop, Japanese calligraphy, a Balinese cooking workshop led by Balinese Spice Magic from Wollongong, a Colombian cooking workshop for children and a screening of Disney’s “Encanto”.

The Cultural Treasures Festival will also host performances of Irish folk music and traditional dance on Thursday, March 17 and South American music by Cha Cha Del Mar on the lawn of the Civic Center on Friday, March 18.

Shellharbour Town Mayor Chris Homer said the event was a great way to share and enjoy the rich cultural diversity of the Illawarra region.

“The Festival of Cultural Treasures is a wonderful way to celebrate multiculturalism in our community and to share traditions, food, music and celebration of our diversity in Shellharbour,” said Mayor Homer.

“I encourage everyone to come and enjoy the experience,” he said.

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